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Musicians were so anxious to help out residents of the New York region hit by Superstorm Sandy, they almost didn't let their concert at Madison Square Garden end, The Associated Press reports.

The final notes of Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" brought the star-filled show to an end at 1:19 a.m. Thursday, nearly six hours after Bruce Springsteen opened it.

Paul McCartney's set found him playing the role of Kurt Cobain in a Nirvana reunion, performing a new song with that band's former members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic.

Through television, live streams, the radio and theater simulcasts, an estimated 2 billion people around the world were given the chance to experience it live. Heavy on classic rock royalty, it also featured the Rolling Stones, the Who, Roger Waters and Eric Clapton.

Carole King has a friend in the Library of Congress. She's the first woman to win the library's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the AP reports.

In her five decades of songwriting, King's hits have included "You've Got a Friend," "So Far Away" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." The library said Thursday that King will be the fifth person to receive the prize. Prior recipients include Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney.

Librarian of Congress James Billington says King's work has been recorded by many artists to communicate universal human emotions such as love, joy and pain.

King will receive the prize in the spring and says in a statement that she looks forward to performing in Washington. Honorees are typically saluted at the White House.

Taylor Swift is taking the road less traveled for her birthday.

The country star, who turned 23 on Thursday, has been getting a tour of rural northern England from her beau, One Direction singer Harry Styles, People reports.

The couple ate dinner by an open fire in a country pub and toured the picturesque Lake District, picking up classic children's souvenirs -- and goofing around to seasonal songs in a shop.

On Tuesday night they popped into the Rising Sun pub in Hope Valley, in the Peak District, about 170 miles north of London, where they dined on "traditional English food," manager Sarah Walker said.

"She was polite and pleasant -- fantastic," Walker says. "She is just having a nice tour of England. They were like any typical group of people having dinner. Everyone thinks they are a couple, but to be honest, we had no sense of that at all."

Swift said she "loved" being in Britain and was "excited about her birthday," Walker adds.

But Swift's birthday has been more than fun for the singer.

She released her 23rd video for "I Knew You Were Trouble" in conjunction with her birthday -- the video stars "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" actor Reeve Carney as her love interest -- and earned her first Golden Globe nomination for "Safe & Sound" which appeared on "The Hunger Games" soundtrack.

Barbra Streisand is certainly golden, but she wasn't nominated for a Golden Globe Thursday for her role in "Guilt Trip," E! News reports.

Paramount, however, was confident Seth Rogen's co-star would score a nom for her role in the flick and went ahead and touted Streisand's nonexistent accolade in a promo posted Wednesday night, as first noted by Deadline.

When Streisand wasn't nominated Thursday morning, Paramount quickly yanked the clip. The studio then said in a statement that they had "every hope ... that she would be duly recognized" for her "incredible performance in the film."

"Like all studios, we create many advertising spots in advance of the key award nomination announcements so we are prepared in the event of a nomination," Paramount's statement continued. "One such spot was inadvertently posted online and immediately taken down."

"Guilt Trip" opens Wednesday.

Amar'e Stoudemire's latest triple double will go down as the most memorable of his life, People reports.

The New York Knicks power forward, 30, married his longtime girlfriend Alexis Welch on the rooftop deck of their Manhattan home on Wednesday, a date they picked because it was 12-12-12.

"I feel blessed," says Stoudemire, who posted a photo of the couple's wedding rings on Twitter.

"12.12.12 now has a special & spiritual meaning for us," he wrote.

The couple -- who have been together for a decade and have three children -- had just 12 people at the ceremony.

The bride wore a custom dress and the groom was in a tuxedo by Calvin Klein. They both have rings by Shayan Afshar, and her wedding band is by Harry Glinberg.

Following the ceremony, they visited the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden before heading to STK for a reception.



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